Periods. Do you ever feel like your month consists of “pre-period”, “during-period” and “post-period” skin stress? Leaving us with one (maybe two) weeks out of the month where our skin is clear, glowy and acne free? I for one definitely deal with this and sometimes no matter what I put on that dreaded chin hormonal area.... that one red friend decides to always make its appearance.
There are several preventative measures to reduce hormonal acne (I.e. clean diet, exercise, natural hormonal supplements) but what about skincare products? I came across a brand whose products are designed for women AND their periods. Yep, designed by dermatologists and specific for helping women fight period acne and providing hormonal balance. UM, YES PLEASE.
What is Knours Knows?
↵“Knours. was created in collaboration with top dermatologists, beauty creators, herbalists and tech experts to address the daily changing needs of a woman's skin. Motivated by the majority of women who experience physical and emotional shifts during their period, each product is designed to be tailored to various points of a woman's cycle for maximum efficacy. As hormone levels fluctuate throughout the four phases of a woman's cycle, the effects on skin are typically the most visible. Knours. ensures balanced, clear and glowing skin, eliminating common hormonal symptoms.” -KNOURS.KNOWS
This synopsis is taken directly from their website and what I love most is how specific and straight-forward their brands motive is: to provide a skincare routine designed to help skincare fluctuations from both physical and emotional shifts during a women’s CYCLE. These products aren’t “quick fixes” to fight hormonal acne but instead they vary based on your skins needs throughout the entire month and focus on your body changes during each stage of a typical cycle.
This really got me thinking, what is my cycle? What happens to my skin during this cycle? How have I not considered my cycle during my weekly skincare routines?! Luckily, KNOURS website (along with their incredibly kind pr team) guided me through what a typical woman’s cycle looks like. Check out their skin/mood graph showing different phases of the cycle here. (As well as when to use the products.)
Basically, your skin about 2 weeks prior to your period begins to “decline” as well as your mood due to the release of LH (leutenizing hormone) however, estrogen is still high thus here comes the oily skin! Next comes testosterone and progesterone right before our little egg realizes it’s not being greeted with a sperm. Once your period hits (and as all of us ladies know) our skin AND mood is at its “worst” due to a drop in estrogen levels and then shortly after our period ends our hormones level back out.
Suggested use: after period Price Point: very fair 98% natural, oil to foam cleanser that will erase any trace of makeup.
I received a small packet size of this cleanser and was pleasantly surprised that it did in fact, take off my daily makeup I was wearing (with a bit of help from my Clinique take the day off for eyes). I would be curious to see how it would stand against a full glam look! I love foam cleansers and especially loved that this one in particular had very little smell and left my face feeling extremely clean. I have sensitive skin and had no redness or irritation after using this cleanser 4 days in a row. I started the trail sizes right around my period starting and was really impressed by the amount it calmed my flare ups around my dreaded hormonal chin acne! This cleanser receives an A+ in my book!
Suggested use: during period Price Point: very fair Hypoallergenic, gel to balance hormones and soothe skin.
Oh how I wish I had the full bottle to try! So far I am loving this gel. It is extremely NON sticky and leave no residual residue and has no smell. The redness surrounding my hormonal acne was significantly reduced. I would like to continue using it to get a complete feel for the product however, just from the small package I was extremely impressed! It is so lightweight and left my dry, dehydrated skin feeling so hydrated.
Suggested use: during/after period Price Point: fair Mask with honey to restore and hydrate skin.
I kept this in the fridge before use and the product comes with a great amount of “liquid” which I love because I can rub the extra into my neck and chest. I let this cool mask sit for 20 minutes during one of my extra-exhausted, cranny days and I truly did feel revitalized. The product absorbed really well into the skin leaving a plumper, brighter and overall better appearance than before. The honey and chamomile add a soothing factor and it was apparent that they helped when my red overtired skin looked suddenly calm. This will be a mask that I 100% purchase again.
Overall, I am loving KNOURS. These are products that I truly felt contributed to an overall brighter, clearer and more calm complexion after solely using their products during my 4 day period. I was over the moon impressed with their all in one cream and would love to continue using their meditation gel as well as a face mask here and there. I would definitely check them out if you are interested in products formulated for hormonal acne!
This is an unsponsored post and all opinions are my own based on the products I was sent. I pride myself in providing honest, real product reviews. xx, jo